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Old March 23, 2013, 09:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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[Flashback]You Can Find Yourself In The Streets (Catalyst)

Summer 5 era Post Fractrum

The rising of the sun was still candlemarks away but Releven was quietly walking towards the door with a backpack held in his hands. For the boy it was fairly heavy as he had slipped some supplies from the pantry and a knife his father had made for him. He paused and listened to the house before he opened the door to the summer night air. He slowlly opened the door and slipped out when it was only partially open. With the same slowness he closed the door behind him and tip toed down the steps and on to the streets.

To the eyes Releven appeared to be the equivalant of an ten or eleven year old, which given his half elvish blood was his mental and physical age if not his litteral age. He was young and niave and thought that running away would be better then the fate his father had planned for him.

He had been ignorate of that fate until that evening when his friend Celavaran of Silrosia, a master silversmith, and his family had come over for dinner. In that conversation Releven discovered that the two men expected him to become Celavaran's apprentice and later his son in law. Releven did not want to be a silversmith, or a blacksmith he wanted to be an Archmage and that was all there was to it. So it was that he had desided to follow in the foot steps of the heros in his books and take his future into his own hands.

It was for this reason he was running away. His father, was loving but hated magic and so would fight Releven every step of the way on his dreams. He began to walk through the streets keeping to the shadows and pulling out his knife. He desided he would need to head to parts of town were people didn't know him. He was sure they would return him to his father.

One day he would return, but only when he had proven himself to his father. Such was the mind of the young.
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Old March 27, 2013, 12:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nexus was a big city and it proved easy enough to get lost in it. Releven wandered for a time, down the dark streets of the city. The city was largely deserted in the dark hours as most citizens did not like rub elbows with the sewerage pigs, massive boars who were released nightly to devour the brightenings garbage. The pigs were not dangerous if left alone, but it was not wise to annoy them.

Releven turned down a number of smaller streets and then down an alley. At the end of the alley was a small garden packed in between large tenement houses. It couldn't have been all that far from Releven's home, but he had never seen the place before, hidden as it was. In the center of the part was a fountain, a small circular pool with the statue of a frog in the center of it. The frog spat a stream of water that arched high into the air, coming down in a second pool. The air under the jet of water sparkled with mist, and after a bit of consideration Releven realized that there was no obvious source of light to create the sparkle.
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Releven eyed the sewerage pigs as he contiuned down the street wandering from street to street until he came to the strange garden. The young half elf paused and looked around admiring the frog statue. He watched the statues for a long moment before it occured to him that there wasn't a good light source for the sparkling coming from.

He walked over to the pool and began to search around, his young mind filled with curiosity at the relazation. He sat down next to the pull and began to look into the pool to see if he could tell what was making the light. He was gratefull for the distraction since his feet were begining to hurt.

He didn't want to think about but he was begining to become nervous with his desision to run away. Sapphire blue eyes contiuned to watch the water looking and searching as he tried to quell the feelings building up in him.
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Releven bent over the pool and looked deeply into it. It was not very deep, but the lighting was not very good and so it took him some moments to survey the bottom, which was strangely clean and featured a mosaic of tiles in subdued tints. As Releven was making out the pattern, he was unaware that to his side a long arm was reaching out from under the arcing water. The arm was thin and black, but washed in a silvery glow.

The arm proceeded with a slow and careful stealth, reaching under the body of the bent boy. Suddenly it snatched upward, pulling Releven violently sideways.

There was an explosion of stars, or perhaps they were sparks from a fire, and then Releven found himself lying on his back and looking up at what seemed to be a man-sized bipedal toad which was hovering over him. The creature reached for him with it's skinny black arms. Behind the creature Releven saw a set of tall closely set buildings that were not there moments ago. The ground underneath him was hard stone cobbles rather than the soft grass of the park.

From somewhere close at hand he heard the high voices of children.

"There he is! Let's get him!"
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Releven relaxed as he studied the mosaic on the bottom of the pool. He was more tired then he thought he was. He hadn't slept much before he left his home. He was completely un prepared for someone sneaking up on him, and so when he was grabbed and yanked back he let out a blood curdling scream.

Releven found him self looking at some monstrous frog that was looking down on him. Since the echo of that scream was still in his throat the boy let out another scream as he began to scramble away from the monster. It was only then that he really noticed that his surroundings had changed.

The sound of children's voices enters his fear clouded brain. He wasn't sure if the he in their statement was in reference to himself or to the frog thing that was looking at him. He Continued to try and back away keeping an eye on the two legged creature. He had stopped screaming though.
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At the sound of the children's voices, the toad things reared back up and twisted about to look, and suddenly he was overrun by small forms, a half a dozen children armed with daggers and lengths of pipe. They all seemed to be human, but they had no color to them at all; studies in black and white washed with silver.

The creature fell to the ground under the combined weight of the small forms, then struggled to his feet, tossing the children off him. Wounded in a dozen small places, the thing staggered off and then made a series of long rapid leaps, disappearing down the alleyway.

The silver washed children got to their feet, making a rough semi-circle around Relevan.

"Don't cha know nothing, walking around by yerself?" the tallest boy said, anger plain on his face.

A smaller boy poked at him with his length of pipe.

"Look at 'im Mott! He's a boy from Nexus. He don't know better."

The taller boy seemed mollified by this somewhat.

"Ya shouldn't have come here. Ya should have stayed in your city with the light shining on it and all. Things aren't so good here. Come on with us."

He reached down, offering Releven his hand.
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Releven contiuned to back away as the fog creature paused in his efforts. Something about the children seemed to make the creature nervous and which caused Releven to be grateful as it distracted the creature as the young boy contiuned to back away.

His sapphire blue eyes opened wide in surprise as the children emerged and attacked the creature. They lacked color instead a strange black and white with a silvery sheen to them. Releven wondered if he was dreaming, but guessing by the rock digging into his hand he wasn't this was some strange reality that had come upon him.

His mouth was hanging open in shock as the children finished driving the creature off with their simple weapons. He closed his mouth as the children turned there attention towards him.

He was completely lost by their convertsation. He had never been warned about this that was for sure. He had been warned about the sweage pigs but colorless children and evil frogs that was a new one.

He excepted the childs hand and stood up. His blue eyes looked around him again to get a better view of the city before he looked at the children and followed were they led. "I will be honest I have never heard of this place."
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The older boy Mott affected a superior attitude, looking down at Releven from his somewhat greater height.

"Course you don't! Yer from Nexus. This is Suxen, the shadow city. 'Splain it to him Peri."

Peri was a girl only a little shorter than Mott and perhaps an era older than him. She was armed with a broom handle with had a 6 inch nail projecting from one end like a spear. As she walked she used it as a walking stick.

"Nexus hasn't always been here." she said, gesturing around her with a wide sweep of her hand. Used to be somewhere else and then the wizards of Nexus moved it to the land of Oarium. Problem is there was alreay a town here, and we got shoved aside into this shadow world. We've grown along with Nexus, the shadow of Nexus."

"Do some magic!" a smaller boy shouted out suddenly. "Is it true that people Nexus ride horses made of fire?" said another.
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Releven was so shocked by what was happening. His sapphire blue eyes watch Mott as he dominated over the crowd of children. The boyd walked with the group and stayed caught up with them. He turned his head towards the girl Peri.

He listened with wide eyes as she explained about Saxen being a shadow city to Nexus. He nodded his head looking around and seeing that there was some type of reflection in the city.

He blinked at the other boys question. "I am sorry, but most people can't do magic, and I am to young to learn."

"Who was that Frog man?"
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The young boy scowled, disappointed to be denied an interesting story and suspicious that something was being withheld from him. He said nothing more, however.

"That thing's a bone picker," Mott said, obviously relishing being an authority. "Works for the Bjarnum. That's the guy who runs this city. What they does is suck all the meat off ya, then take in your bones. Don't know what the Bjarnum does with them but it ain't anything good. If yer join'in us Windy Street Scrappers yer gonna have to learn to fight better'n what you did."

The boy's led Releven through the deserted streets, around several corners and then opened a coal chute and one by one slid inside, the a large dank basement room. Sleeping pallets had been set up haphazardly around the room, and in one corner a low fire burned in an ancient fire place of black stone.

"Mott!" One of the younger boys said. "We still didn't get no food."

"Quiet you! The new boys is gonna get some for up once he learns about that dagger he got. You and Kipper'll go with him."

Mott went to rummage through one of the heaps of random oddments of things and came up with two short sticks. He tossed one to Releven.

"Gotta earn your keep here. Pretend theses are knives and come at me."
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Releven gave the boy a shrug that said he was sorry. His own father didn't allow interaction with magic which was part of the reason Releven had departed. The boy's blue eyes turned back to Mott as he began to explains out the bonepicker and his boss the bjarnum. His eyes opened extremely wide at the thought of having his bones picked clean by the bone picker.

He had wanted to sneak away and learn magic not come to this colorless dark world where children were regularly eaten for their bones. He could feel himself beginning to panic but he controlled it. One of the benefits of half elvish life span you had to learn some wisdom. Prudence was telling him not to present a bad I.age of him self to these kids.

He felt him self calming down and soon they appeared to have arrived at the hide out. This part looked exciting. Releven followed the other children as the slip down the shutte and into their hide out. He started looking around when heard that he would be helping them get food.

In surprise he followed the boy to the junk pile and caught the proffered stick. He mutely nodded his head as his dagger lessons started.
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Mott watched Releven take hold or the stick and advance, but before he could get there he cried out.

"Not like that! Here, lemme show you."

He came to stand beside Releven.

"First off you hold the knife like this, like you were holding a hammer, see? Otherwise you can lose your grip on it and then you're sunk. Don't tighten up your wrist though, that's gotta be loose and easy. Yeah, like that. Now, your feet go shoulder width and one behind the other, only the back one is pointed out like that. Forty five degrees from the front, there. Knife out front like that. Now keep your other hand up and by your chest. That way if someone gets their weapon past ya you got one more chance to grab it out of the way."

"Now come on. Ya gotta be fast, that's what knives are all about."
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Releven had even had a chance to really hold the fake knife before he was being corrected. He corrected the grip to what the boy told him. He held the knife like he would a hammer but he tried to keep his wrist flexiable. The half elven boy had held hammers enough in his life that wasn't to difficult for him to do now.

He followed up on the hand with his positioning. He felt like someone was teaching him to dance as he adjusted his stance and the position of his legs until they were sholder width apart. He put one foot back and turned it like he was instructed. He raised the knife and the raised his other hand so that it was at chest level and looked over at the boy.

He released the position and then took it again trying to be faster as they boy had said. It made sences everything he had heard about knife fight talked about spead.
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The two boys sparred for a time. Mott was not an expert teacher and preferred to show by doing, but for the most part knife fighting turned out to largely be about maneuvering yourself into a position to strike past your opponent's weapon. It was tiring work the blows from the wooden sticks were painful if not really damaging, but after a candlemark or so Mott called a halt.

"You got it mostly," he said. "I think you're ready. Time to earn your keep. You and Kipper and Ants go and get some food, and then when you get back we'll talk about gettin' you home again."

The other two boys sullenly prepared themselves for the trip. Kipper was carrying a length of pipe and the other boy a carpenter's hammer.

"Come on," said Ants. "We got to go to the market and steal some stuff."

He tossed Releven a bag.
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